State of New Jersey Archives: on Crime


Chris Christie: Bail reform: Keep dangerous criminals in jail until trial

We must do everything we can to swiftly jail those violent criminals who bring additional murder and disruption to innocent victims. Almost two years ago, I announced a proposed constitutional amendment to modify the right to bail in NJ. The concept is simple: NJ courts should have the right to keep dangerous criminals off the streets and in jail until trial.

Why is this important? A study by the federal government's Justice Department found that 1/3 of defendants released before trial ended up being charged with some type of pre-trial misconduct. 1/6 were arrested for a new offense--and half of those were felonies.

The federal government allows a violent criminal who is a danger to the community to be held without bail. NJ law does not. This must change. How can we justify exposing our citizens to the risk of violent crime at the hands of those, already in custody, who we know are disposed to commit it? There is no justification for that. Let us mirror federal law. Pass bail reform now.

Source: 2014 State of the State address to N.J. Legislature Jan 14, 2014

Chris Christie: Bail reform package: jail violent offenders before trial

We can only improve our quality of life by keeping the most violent criminals off the streets. So, I ask you to approve my bail reform package, which would mirror the federal system. It would keep offenders with a history of violence who are a danger to our communities in jail until the time of their trial, instead of releasing them into society to prey on the public.

This may require a constitutional amendment but it is reform that is long overdue. Do you know that if a person is arrested with a long record of violence we cannot detain that person in jail pending trial? We must release that person, regardless of how dangerous they are to potential witnesses against them or innocent members of our society. Let us amend our bail laws to allow judges to consider the factor of dangerousness to our communities before we release a violent person back on to the street to maim or kill while they await trial. This is just simple common sense.

Source: N.J. 2012 State of the State Address Jan 17, 2012

Cory Booker: Launch Fatherhood Center and pro-bono legal help for ex-cons

Booker has tried to find ways to short-circuit the farcical arrest-release-rearrest-rerelease cycle by encouraging ex-offenders get a foothold once they're out--launching the Fatherhood Center, which helps men who want to be better dads, as well as partnering with the legal community to create the nation's first pro bono legal service for ex-cons.
Source: Oprah Magazine on 2013 N.J. Senate race Sep 1, 2010

Cory Booker: Police overhaul to change cronyism, favoritism, and cynicism

One of Booker's earliest priorities as mayor was to overhaul the police department, which suffered from cronyism, favoritism, and cynicism; a corrosive "Why bother?" attitude had set in.

Alerted via e-mail every time there was a shooting, and frantic to avoid another one, he started hitting the hoops court at midnight to help keep kids busy and out of harm's way. Then he began going out on night patrols in cruisers with cops, rolling up to shady characters and initiating come-to-Jesus conversations about what they were doing with their lives. The foolhardy gambit had its impact: Booker's dedication started to rub off on the department. More orthodox strategies have included what's known as the broken windows theory--the idea that attention to basic quality-of-life issues can ultimately help avert serious crimes.

Source: Oprah Magazine on 2013 N.J. Senate race Sep 1, 2010

Cory Booker: Applied "broken windows theory" in Newark policing

More orthodox strategies have included what's known as the broken windows theory--the idea that attention to basic quality-of-life issues can ultimately help avert serious crimes, as when two policemen stopped a guy drinking a beer on the corner, then discovered he was carrying two guns. When they brought him to the precinct and ran his name through the database, they found out he'd just been released from prison for shooting someone six years earlier on that very corner. "If those cops had driven past the guy, we probably would have had a homicide that night," [Booker's police chief] notes. Overall, [Booker's police policy] is getting results: Murders are down 29 percent since Booker took office, and 2010 saw an almost festive-sounding "murder-free March," the first such month in Newark in more than 40 years. But there have been setbacks.
Source: Oprah Magazine on 2013 N.J. Senate race Sep 1, 2010

Joe Pennacchio: Supports the death penalty

Source: N.J. Gubernatorial 2007-2008 Political Courage Test Nov 2, 2007

Joe Pennacchio: End parole for repeat violent offenders

Source: N.J. Gubernatorial 2007-2008 Political Courage Test Nov 2, 2007

Thomas Kean Jr.: Co-sponsored bill establishing crime of human trafficking

Bill A2730: Establishes crime of human trafficking; adds to racketeering; authorizes victim compensation and services; provides certain affirmative defenses.

This bill would establish new crimes concerning forced labor and sex trafficking. Both of these activities represent a modern form of slavery, in which ever increasing numbers of persons, primarily women and children, are trafficked across international borders and into this State. Forced labor and sex trafficking would each be categorized as a crime of the second degree.

Also, if a person destroyed, concealed, or possessed the passport or any other government-issued identifying document of a victim, while in the course of committing, attempting to commit, or conspiring to commit, the crime of forced labor or sex trafficking, the person would be guilty of a crime of the third degree.

Source: N.J. State legislative records, Bill A2730 May 6, 2004

Jim McGreevey: Expand the death penalty & life sentences

Source: 1997 N.J.Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1997

Jim McGreevey: Prosecute juveniles as adults; death penalty for 16-yr-olds

Source: 1997 N.J.Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1997

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